Monday, May 18, 2015

Boys Gymnastics Team Wins State Championship

The boys gymnastics team won the Illinois High School Association state championship on Friday, the fifth in program history. SHS also won the boys gymnastics title in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2010. The team will be honored at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the Recital Hall. The gymnastics crown marks the fourth IHSA state title for Stevenson this school year, joining football, boys basketball and the girls tennis doubles team of Vinaya Rao and Katherine Harvey. Stevenson also won team state titles in mathematics and Science Olympiad. More details on the gymnastics championship in the Sports section.

State gymnastics championship apparel can be ordered online until 5 p.m. Wednesday. Apparel will be delivered and distributed at Stevenson. Here are ordering instructions:

1.     Go to

2.     Click Team Order Form tab on top right of page

3.     Find Stevenson 2015 Gymnastics State Champion Apparel and enter access code 910077

4.     Click the item, enter quantity then add to cart.

5.     Proceed to checkout (create account and checkout online)

Science Olympiad Finishes 10th in Nation; Captures Two Events

Stevenson finished 10th at the National Science Olympiad at the University of Nebraska on Saturday, despite having none of its senior members available due to Prom. This was the club’s second-best showing at nationals; SHS was ninth in 2013 and 11th last year. Stevenson also set a program record by earning medals in six events.

Two sets of students won national championships in categorical events. Sophomores Katherine Liu and Eric Qian took top honors in Bridge Building, while sophomores Caroline Fatina and Jason Lu, and freshman Elaine Xiao finished first in Experimental Design. Liu and Qian each won $1,000 scholarships to the college of their choice from the Army ROTC, which is sponsor of the Bridge Building event.

Three groups of students were runners-up in the nation in their event: Lu and Qian in Disease Detectives; Rebecca Nelson and Owen Simon in Fossils; and Teresa Mao and Shu Zhang in Scrambler.

Qian and Fatina finished fourth in Mission Possible, and Katia Villevald and Amber Hu were fifth in Air Trajectory.

The National Science Olympiad featured the top 60 high schools from 49 states. Many of the 23 categorical events are aligned with concepts of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.

Head coach Amerigo Carnazzola pointed out that Stevenson was the only team at the event with more female than male members; SHS had eight females and seven males. The Stevenson contingent featured seven sophomores, five juniors and three freshmen.

Improv Performance, Consortium Art Show on Campus Tonight

The Fine Arts Division has two events on campus this evening. The Failed Presidential Candidates improv troupe will perform at 7 o’clock tonight in the West Auditorium. Meanwhile, the 35th annual Consortium 125 Art Show, featuring works by K-12 students, is in the Field House from 6-8 p.m.

At the art show, three SHS groups will be selling items: Sports Boosters, the Special Education Division’s Bright Lights Candle Company, and students from the Ceramics and Foods classes.

The Ceramics and Foods students will be selling handmade bowls and homemade soup as part of this year’s Empty Bowls Project to benefit the Libertyville Township food pantry. The cost is $5, which includes a ceramic bowl and bowl of soup.

The Bright Lights Candle Company will be selling votives and other candles. The cost is $4 for votives, $8 for small and $12 for large. Cash and check payments will be accepted. All proceeds go back into the company for students to reinvest in more stock, and to continue to learn independent job skills. Any remaining candles will be available for sale in Room 6036 on Tuesday on a first-come, first-served basis.

School Board Meeting Tonight

The District 125 Board of Education meets at 7:30 tonight in the District Administration Center, north of the Stadium. Click here to see the agenda.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at IHSA State Meet: One day after winning the team state championship, the three-man Patriots squad finished the season with four top-10 efforts in the individual events competition at Hinsdale Central. Arie Feltman-Frank finished second in the horizontal bar (8.55), and also took eighth on parallel bars (8.55). Elijah Klaber was sixth on parallel bars (8.60). Matt Krames tied for ninth on parallel bars (8.35), and tied for 10th on horizontal bar (7.60). – Official results | Daily Herald ($)


Stevenson at IHSA State Meet: At Eastern Illinois University, the Patriots tied for seventh in the team standings with Lockport. Nicole Xia and Ashley Richardson reached the doubles quarterfinals in their first state appearance, falling to the eventual champions from Buffalo Grove. They won four of six matches in the two-day tournament, scoring 3.5 points. Margaret Chen contributed three points by four of her six singles matches. She reached the consolation quarterfinals in her third and final state tournament. May Ling split her four singles matches. – Official results

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The top-seeded Patriots beat Wheeling for the sectional championship, 15-7, to earn a berth in the state tournament at Stevenson. SHS (26-6) takes on Lincoln-Way Central at 5:45 p.m. Friday. Against sixth-seeded Wheeling, Collin Kapecki scored five goals and Andrew Shashin had four. Dan Maleski and Kurt Holzer each added two scores. Goalie Shaurya Gilani made 18 saves. After Wheeling (16-14) tied the game at 1-1, Stevenson scored nine unanswered goals to take a 10-1 advantage into halftime. –, Daily Herald ($)

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The Patriots breezed to the sectional championship with a 14-1 victory over Palatine, improving to 33-0 on the year and qualifying for the state tournament at Stevenson. SHS will face St. Ignatius in the quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Against Palatine, Allison Travetto scored six goals, made three steals and had three assists. Melissa Gartenberg scored five times, had four assists and made seven steals. Claire Haas, Annika Hotchkiss and Alex Adams also scored. Hotchkiss also had two assists. Goalie Lauren Burns made 10 saves and had two assists. After a tight first quarter in which it led 2-1, SHS scored three more times in the second for breathing room, then put the game away with seven goals in the third. – Daily Herald ($)

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at IHSA State Meet: The Patriots, with only three gymnasts, won the fifth state championship in program history. SHS posted a score of 151.65 at Hinsdale Central, ahead of three-time defending champion Wheaton co-op (149.40) and Niles West (149.0). Seniors Arie Feltman-Frank and Elijah Klaber, and sophomore Matt Krames, had the top score in two of the six events, vault and horizontal bar, and were second on pommel horse and parallel bars. They also were third in still rings and fourth in floor exercise. In the all-around competition, Feltman-Frank finished fifth with a score of 51.3 (8.55 average), Krames had a career-best effort in finishing sixth (50.75/8.46) and Klaber was 12th (49.6/8.27). For head coach Eric Liva, the championship added to an already memorable year. His daughter Dana, a senior at Prospect, won the state diving championship in November. – Official results | Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald ($)

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The top-seeded Patriots (32-0) pummeled No. 4 Lake Forest, 16-4, in the semifinals, setting a school record for most wins in a season. Allison Travetto and Melissa Gartenberg each scored five goals to lead SHS, which led 7-1 after the first quarter. Gartenberg also had five assists, three kickouts drawn, and six steals. Travetto made seven steals. Eileen Hoang had a goal and four assists, while Claire Haas recorded five steals and a goal. Also scoring were Autumn Hoang, Erin Kempers, Fiona Gaffney and Joanie Newland. Goalie Lauren Burns made 11 saves, and also had four steals.

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: Collin Kapecki scored four goals, and Nick Koto tallied three goals and added three assists, as the top-seeded Patriots upended No. 5 McHenry, 18-7 in the sectional semifinals. Dan Maleski added two goals for SHS (25-6). –

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Fremd Sectional: Freshman Isabelle Sparreo qualified for the state meet in two events, while juniors Charlotte Langbo and Janine Fajardo also earned state berths. Sparreo finished third in the 800-meter run (2:18.04) and was fourth in the 1,600 (5:09.09). Fajardo took second in the 100 high hurdles (15.41) and Langbo was fourth in the long jump (17-6). Langbo also placed eighth in the triple jump (35-2.5), but did not qualify in that event. SHS had several other top-10 finishers: Natalie Sparreo was fourth in the 800 (2:21.07), Lily Marks took fifth in the 100 (12.68), and Megan Toni placed sixth in the 100 hurdles (16.83) and 10th in the 300 hurdles (50.16). Three Pats had seventh-place showings: Borchueh Wu in the 200 (26.71), Jessica Philipp in the 3,200 (11:29.50), and Amy Atkinson in the discus (105-1). Eliza Sullivan was 10th in the 400 (1:03.60). The 3,200 relay team of Claire Sullivan, Eliza Sullivan, Gabriela Jagielo and Abby Pucek finished fifth (10:01.18) and the 400 relay squad of Fajardo, Marks, Wu and Juhi Jhaveri was sixth (51.35). SHS finished eighth in the team standings. – Official results | Daily Herald ($), News-Sun

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Antioch, 25-14, 25-16: Jesse Kesner had 10 kills, and Chris Song and Joe Palminteri each added seven on Senior Night in the Sports Center. Jeffrey Wang passed out 16 assists and Eric Zalewski contributed 11. Luke Feder made 10 digs. Grant Maleski had four kills and five digs. Peter Drozdzewicz also had five kills. SHS improved to 19-15 overall and 7-3 in the North Suburban Conference.

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 11, Evanston 10: The Patriots (9-10) closed out their regular season with a win at home. –


Graduation Cap and Gown Distribution Tuesday

Caps and gowns will be distributed between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. All seniors should go to the West Building Lower Lobby near the College/Career Center to pick up their cap, gown and tassel. Seniors must show their student ID or a valid driver’s license to receive their purchase. Click here for more information.

Pick Up Yearbooks Tuesday and Wednesday

Juniors and seniors can pick up their yearbooks on Tuesday. Freshmen and sophomores can pick up their yearbooks Wednesday. Yearbooks will be available outside the Performing Arts Center and in the Patriot Lobby during lunch periods. Student ID will be required.

Dance Company Auditions This Week

Two-day general auditions for Stevenson’s Repertory and Mélange co-curricular dance companies (2015-16 school year) will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 3:45-7:30 p.m. You must be present for both days to be considered. Auditions will take place in Dance Studio 2010. To register for the auditions and for more details, visit

Summer Travel Meetings on Wednesday

Students taking part in school-sponsored trips this summer are required to attend a meeting with their parents Wednesday. Students going on the AP European History trip will meet at 6 p.m. in Room 2104. Students traveling to Spain or Germany will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the West Auditorium.

Senior Class Party Bus Sign Up Tuesday and Wednesday

If you want to sit with your friends on the bus going to the Senior Class Party cruise, make sure you sign up in the Patriot Lobby on Tuesday or Wednesday. If you don’t sign up for a bus, you’ll be assigned to one at random.

Sodexo Holding “Fresh Market” During Lunch Tuesday

Sodexo will have a “Fresh Market” in the Wood Commons during the lunch hours on Tuesday. Stop by for fresh fruits and vegetables, and other healthy items.

Watch SHS Play in the State Water Polo Tournament for Free

The first 50 Stevenson students attending the girls and boys water polo state quarterfinal games this week will be admitted for free, thanks to the SHS Sports Boosters, who are paying their way. Make sure you have your school ID to take advantage of this great offer! The girls play St. Ignatius at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, and the boys face Lincoln-Way Central at 5:45 p.m. Friday.

Volunteers Need to Help Transfer Students

Student volunteers are needed to help transfer students this fall. There are a limited number of spaces available, so sign up as soon as possible in any Student Services office. Volunteers will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a mandatory meeting for all volunteers from 8-8:25 a.m. Wednesday, May 27 (second day of the week) in Room 6048.

Return Overdue Books, Pay Fines to ILC ASAP

Please return all overdue library books and pay any overdue fines to the ILC as soon as possible. Beginning today, no library materials may be checked out until books are returned and fines are paid.


There will be a girls basketball meeting for all student-athletes interested in participating in summer opportunities at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in Room 2002.


It’s time for film and fondue with the French Club! Join French Club for chocolate fondue and a movie at 3:30 Tuesday in Room 2632.

To make sure all seniors have a chance to attend, the last Breakfast with Books meeting has been moved to 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC.


Can you believe that summer camps start next month? Camps are available in sports, music, engineering, arts and crafts and careers. Registration is now open so check out what’s available and register today!


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